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Community Rallies to Help Teen Pay for Funerals of Parents Who Die Weeks Apart
LINK The collective heart of a Central Kentucky community opened wide for an 18-year-old high school senior after his mother and father died just weeks apart and saddled him with the burden of paying for their funerals.
Bill Nye Says He Wanted to Expose Why Ken Ham and Creationists Are 'Bad for Humankind' During Debate
LINK Bill Nye "The Science Guy" opened up about his February debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, noting that he agreed to do it because he felt it was an opportunity to express why he finds the views of Ham and his supporters to be "bad for humankind."
'Wiser' Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy Ready for Expansion in Northeast After 2012 Gay Marriage Flap; Tony Perkins Calls Him a 'Coward'
LINK Just two years ago, conservative Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy infuriated LGBT activists when he publicly voiced his support for traditional marriage. As his company gets ready to expand into the more liberal northeast, however, Cathy is on a campaign to show the public that he has found a wiser way.
Ten Commandments Display in Texas May Violate 'Highway Beautification Code'
LINK A display of the Ten Commandments on private property might be in violation of the Highway Beautification Transportation Code of the Lone Star State.
Handwritten, 7-Volume Bible Replica on Display in Arizona
LINK A reproduction of a handwritten, seven-volume Bible reminiscent of those created during the Medieval Times has found its home at a worship and retreat center in Phoenix, Ariz., which will be showcasing the intricate work, as well as using it at masses during the Easter season.
Atheist Group Accuses Clemson Football Program of 'Christian Worship'
LINK A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University alleging that their football program includes "Christian worship."
Woman on Mission Trip Found Dead in Nicaragua
LINK The body of a Wyoming woman who was on a mission trip in Nicaragua was found near the hotel where her team was staying.
42-Y-O Community Bible Church Pastor Robert McKeehan Hangs Himself in Apparent Suicide
LINK His wife, two children and the entire spiritual flock of Pastor Robert McKeehan, 42, are now locked in grief after the leader of Community Bible Church in High Point, N.C., was found hanging in his home in an apparent suicide Friday, according to local police.
Atheists and Mormons Host Joint Panel to Dispel Myths and Stereotypes About Their Beliefs
LINK Mormons will share the stage with atheists Wednesday as part of a joint panel held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss and dispel the myths and stereotypes that are believed about the two groups.
Gay Marriage Ban Opposed by Va. Attorney General
LINK Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.
Author Claims Popular Financial Experts Like Dave Ramsey Aren't Helping Americans
LINK Journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen says the popular gurus of finance who are touted on talk radio, cable news and PBS aren't giving Americans the right advice when it comes to saving money for life's biggest expenses.
Utah Woman Arrested, Charged With Murder After 7 Babies Are Found Dead in Cardboard Boxes in Home
LINK A 39-year-old Utah woman who police believe gave birth to six children then allegedly murdered them all was arrested Saturday after the bodies of seven infants were discovered packed in separate cardboard boxes in a home she formerly occupied.
CBS Affiliate Apologizes for False Portrayal of Pro-Life Group
LINK A CBS affiliate in Sacramento, Calif., has issued an apology to a pro-life organization after falsely portraying the group in a nightly news story.
Followers, Family Celebrate as Popular Youth Pastor Matt Pitt of The Basement Is Freed From Jail
LINK Popular youth pastor and founder of The Basement in Alabama, Matt Pitt, emerged from the Shelby County jail elated and healthy-looking Sunday morning to cheering family and supporters after serving eight months behind bars.
Church Deacon, Father of Sextuplets Ben Van Houten Dies After Suffering Heart Attack While Playing With Children
LINK A young family is in mourning after Ben Van Houten, deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, Mich., and father of the state's first surviving group of sextuplets died last Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while playing with his children.
White House Petition to Recognize 'Non-Binary Genders' Gets Over 100,000 Signatures
LINK A petition posted on a White House website seeking legal recognition for "non-binary genders" has garnered over 100,000 signatures. The petition was created in March and has surpassed the 100,000 mark well in advance of its April 20 deadline. With the benchmark reached, according to the Obama administration's "We The People" website, the White House must issue an official response to the petition.
Ohio Judge to Issue Ruling on Recognizing Gay Marriages
LINK Ohio State's attorneys are prepared to seek a stay order from a federal judge who is scheduled Monday to strike down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from other states.
Mother Slit Daughter's Throat in Old Testament Sacrifice: 'I Remember the Knife,' Recalls Susanna Birch
LINK Susannah Birch had a traumatic experience when she was just a little girl. Her mother, suffering from bipolar disorder, decided to sacrifice her daughter, following the Old Testament story of Abraham sacrificing his only son, Isaac.
Shooting Suspect Who Killed 3 at Kansas Jewish Center Identified; Had History of Anti-Semitism
LINK Frazier Glenn Cross, a 73-year-old man from southwest Missouri with a long history of anti-Semitism, was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly opening fire and killing three people – two of them Christian – at and near a Jewish Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park.
Is Internet Porn to Blame for Millennials Leaving the Church?
LINK A Christian blogger has argued that a recent study showing an inverse correlation between Internet access and faith, might be due to prevalence and accessibility to pornography.
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LINK Religious Liberties / Persecution
ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone
LINK Freedom from Religion Foundation is "trying to use the federal courts to destroy religious freedom and independence from government control," said American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson.
Four Lawyers Release Declaration After Release from Heilongjiang Illegal Detention Center
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, ChinaAid, 888- 889-7757, 267-205-5210 cell, Bob@ChinaAid.org; www.ChinaAid.org, www.MonitorChina.org
Police Block Large Service at Nanle County Christian Church in Henan; Pastor's Lawyers Boycott Pre-trial Meeting
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid, 267-205-5210 cell, 432-689-6985, info@ChinaAid.org
Western Media Ignores Slaughter of Coptic Woman by Muslim Brotherhood, says Coptic Solidarity
LINK Contact: Sandy, 202-695-0506; Hal, 240-644-5153; both with Coptic Solidarity, firstname.lastname@example.org CROFTON, Md., April 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the latest attack on Egypt's Copts by the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies -- and calls on the U.S. government to do likewise.On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, demonstrating Brotherhood supporters, many of them armed, exchanged fire with Security forces and set parked cars Source: Coptic Solidarity
Robert Stearns to Address Prestigious FIDF Gala
LINK Contact: Stephen Jenks, Eagles' Wings, 716-759-1058
Bob Fu on Four Rights Defenders Detained in Heilongjiang
LINK Contact: Bob Fu, President, China Aid, 267-205-5210 cell, 432-689-6985, info@ChinaAid.org MIDLAND, Texas, March 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- "To arbitrarily kidnap and detain those courageous human rights lawyers is a direct violation of China's own laws and the international mandate for the protection of lawyers' rights while defending their clients," Pastor Bob Fu, China Aid founder and president said in reference to the four human rights defenders who were forci Source: China Aid Association, Inc.
Dr. Alveda King: Religious Freedom is a Civil and Human Right
LINK "There is a difference between killing the poor and serving the poor." Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case: Kudos to Church Officials Defending Liberty
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639, jwalton@TheIRD.org
Thomas More Society Hopeful that U.S. Supreme Court Will Uphold Religious Liberty
LINK The Justices ought to protect religious freedom for all Americans, including business owners
Is UC Santa Barbara Condoning Violence by Radical Professors and Students?
LINK University's Silence and a Leaked University Memo Say "Yes!"
'Untold News' Highlights Israeli Innovation
LINK Contact: Jim Fletcher, 405-872-6890, email@example.com
Faith and Pro-Life Leaders to Hold Prayer Vigil and Rally at the Supreme Court in Support of Religious Freedom
LINK The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on the HHS Mandate in Obamacare which forces employers to purchase abortion inducing drugs in their health care coverage.
Terrorists Kill Six Christians in Church Attack in Kenya
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Media Relations Director, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, JerryD@odusa.org
Prevent U.S. From Giving Stolen Jewish Property Back to Iraq
LINK Contact: Vickie Isaac, Director of Communications, Jewish Voice Ministries International , 602-971-8501, firstname.lastname@example.org
World's Leading Internet Evangelist Calls HBO's Maher a Gutless Blasphemous Coward and Challenges to Debate
LINK Contact: Rev. William Keller, 727-420-7005
Historic World Family Declaration is Online and Available for Electronic Signature
LINK Contact: Don Feder, Director, WCF Communications, 508-405-1337, email@example.com; Larry Jacobs, 815-964-5819, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition Offers Legal Aid to Bible Verse Cadets, Calls Out Air Force Academy for Violating Constitutional Rights
LINK Contact: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, 866-372-6397; both with Family Research Council WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Restore Military Religious Freedom Coalition comprised of 24 groups led by the Family Research Council and including legal groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, The Liberty Institute, and Thomas More Law Center, has announced that they stand ready to offer assistance to any Air Force Academy cadet who faces repercussions for w Source: Family Research Council
New Open Doors USA Program Connects Students to Persecuted Christians
LINK Contact: Jerry Dykstra, Open Doors USA, 616-915-4117, firstname.lastname@example.org SANTA ANA, Calif., March 14, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The new Open Doors USA college and youth program called "Open Doors Fortify" is off to a fast start."We are excited about what God has done through this new outreach to students," says Open Doors USA College & Youth Director Kate Yates. "There is such enthusiasm among the students I have met in the last few months. They Source: Open Doors USA
IRD Grieves the Loss of Keith Roderick, Defender of the Persecuted Church
LINK Contact: Jeff Walton, Institute on Religion and Democracy, 202-682-4131, jwalton@TheIRD.org
Catholic Benefits Association Files Suit Seeking Relief from HHS Mandate
LINK Contact: Sean Caine, 410-547-5378